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Our Outdoors: Running Into Fall

This Saturday was the second of two back-to-back weekend road races which capped off the most amazing summer of running for me. It was blissfully cool in the morning ahead of the two-day warm-up...

 

Our Outdoors: Hot Dogs

In what has been an historically hot summer across much of the country, and certainly the upper Midwest, it's easy to assume those temperatures will stick around into fall. As the old saying goes,...

 

PF Soil Health and Habitat Program Targets Prairie Pothole Region

Pheasants Forever's (PF) Soil Health and Habitat program, an initiative created with corporate support from Purina Inc., is helping to establish more grassland habitat and better soil and water...

 

Our Outdoors: First Watch

Opening day of North Dakota’s bow season sits in that stretch of time where summer and fall mix together. Cool dewy mornings of Labor Day weekend melt into warm afternoons, and despite the fact...

 

Secret Stops for Sharpies

September brings with it the initial upland seasons of the year, and sharptailed grouse have often been that first flush that has sent my heart soaring each fall after its beat echoed steadily in my...

 

Our Outdoors: The Need for Nets

The things you own end up owning you. It's a statement I say every so often in life, as mechanical things break down, technology freezes up, and the piles of day-to-day stuff mount in the corner of...

 

CWD Task Force Aims to Protect Deer Hunting Heritage

Imagine the largest deer you could ever shoot was one that only made it to two-and-a-half years of age. At best, that's a buck with a small four-by-four rack, or a doe that likely was only able to...

 

Dakota Edge Outdoors deer hunting preview

While often the coldest and snowiest portion of North Dakota, the northeastern quarter, like the rest of the state, was spared the usually chilly temperatures and drifts it normally sees during the...

 

Our Outdoors: Standard Procedure

"Now, you get to do the strap up on top of it," I said with a laugh, as on my tip toes I cranked hard on the ratchet which secured the stabilizing pole of my buddy's new deer stand to his chosen...

 

Our Outdoors: Mark your calendars

So many big dates are on the horizon this time of year, as we make the turn from summer into fall. The start of the school year, football kickoff; and of course, opening days across a wide variety of...

 

Sharptail Success Jumps Ahead of Possible Slump

Perhaps the most amazing number included in the North Dakota Game & Fish Department's (NDG&F) recent release of upland tallies from the fall of 2020 was the jump of more than 52,000 estimated...

 

Our Outdoors: A Hope Down Memory Lane

As I waded through the recently cut wheat fields and grassy stretches around them on the way to check my trail camera this weekend, I watched the grasshoppers flee before my boots in waves like those...

 

Northeast Remains State's Deer Hunting Wildcard

A strong, snow-filled winter not only challenged deer in the northeastern corner of the state, but also hindered survey tactics employed by the North Dakota Game & Fish Department at the start of...

 

Our Outdoors: Summer Swim

Rocked by the waves generated from the wake board boats closing out their weekends on the water, my brother and I drifted around the patches of weeds on the long point extending into the lake. Here...

 

Southwest ND Deer Surviving EHD, Habitat Loss

Despite last year showcasing one of the worst outbreaks of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) – a midge-borne illness that impacts primarily whitetailed deer, but did infect and kill mule deer, a...

 

Our Outdoors: Scout Out the Drought

Early last fall, as I rolled up over the hill with my buddy behind me, closing out the two-truck caravan in our grouse hunt, I was a bit dismayed to see the stretch of public-access grass from yellow...

 

Southeast ND Deer Stable at Midsummer

With a mild winter, dry spring and a warm summer, whitetail deer populations in southeastern North Dakota are doing well. More than that, according to Jason Smith, Big Game Biologist with the North...

 

Low Water Fishing Tips

The continued drought and dry conditions have lowered flows from western North Dakota to eastern Minnesota during this long, hot summer. Since early spring, I've walked the shores of a number of...

 

Our Outdoors: On Edge

The haze of a hundred wildfires dimmed the light of the mid-July sun overhead, on the afternoon fishing trip, as I drifted along the breaks of a favorite rocky lake. The orb’s all-day orange glow...

 

Turning Twenty

It was 20 years ago this summer that I took a job in between college and law school as a part-time reporter for my hometown newspaper, the Valley City Times-Record. In fact, it's a publication for...

 

Bullinger Brothers Represent ND at High School Fishing Nationals

It was a long trip to Lake Hartwell near Anderson, S.C. for brothers Brandon and Logan Bullinger of Century High School in Bismarck, N.D., but the time and effort put in competitively fishing bass in...

 

Our Outdoors: Clear Fun

The rising sun heated the morning air like a fuse on the fireworks launched the night before, and as it came up over the slightly rippled waters of the northern lake on Independence Day, the fishing...

 

Lining Things Up

The first thing I look at when inspecting a young angler's reel is the type of line coming off of the spool. Over the holiday, I had the opportunity to connect with my wife's cousin's kids and...

 

Old and New for Summertime Crappies

There are many options when it comes to catching crappies, most involving a small minnow. Whether under a slip float or on a jig, live bait is king when summer slabs are feeding, but on some lakes,...

 

Our Outdoors: It's Okay to Think About Hunting

I can’t help it. My mindset has already shifted toward hunting, despite only being one week removed from the summer solstice, the July 4 holiday not here yet, and there being nearly three full...

 

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